Browsing journals (especially older volumes) to discover fascinating research tidbits
As with most of us in the field, Aric Villarreal never intended to become a librarian. Growing up in southern California, he joined the US Marines in 1992, and was stationed in both Hawaii and Japan working as a radio operator and as a marksmanship instructor. Afterwards he attended Cal State-Fullerton where he received a B.A. in Philosophy (minor in History). Graduate school led him to University of Arizona - Tucson where he completed his first M.A. in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies in 2007.
Aric always believed that his career would guide him to academia due to his appreciation of reading and studies, but he wasn't enthusiastic about teaching full-time. Librarianship seemed like a perfect union between academia and public service. A scholarship opportunity emerged and Aric was granted a full ride to Library School where he received his second M.A. in Library and Information Sciences.
While in Tucson Aric was employed by the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) as their sole librarian. He was tasked with the challenging assignment to completely reorganize their library, as well as making the collection more accessible and searchable for scientists. He also published a more usable map catalog that included extensive metadata. Aric also participated in an internship at the Veterans Affairs Library answering health-related reference questions and filling interlibrary loan requests.
A dedicated musician, Aric owns both classical and electric guitars. He possesses three Gibsons and would be glad to provide the details - just ask. Aric is also an avid movie watcher, and likes to read a variety of newspapers and books on history, and political / social theory. His claim to fame is winning the 1995 Kaneohe-Bay Jalapeño-Eating Contest in Hawaii. Aric has also climbed Mt. Fuji and Mauna Kea. He and his incredibly charming wife Angela just moved to the Boulder area from Arizona, so please welcome him.
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Electronics and circuit analysis using MATLAB
by John Okyere Attia / 2nd ed. 2004
An introduction to numerical methods : a MATLAB approach
by Abdelwahab Kharab, Ronald B. Guenther / 2002
Computer-based exercises for signal processing using MATLAB
by C. Sidney Burrus / 1994
Numerical methods for engineers and scientists : an introduction with applications using MATLAB
by Amos Gilat, Vish Subramaniam / 2008
Applied statistics : using SPSS, Statistica, MATLAB, and R
by Joaquim P. Marques de Saa / 2007
An introduction to scientific computing : twelve computational projects solved with MATLAB
by Ionut Danaila / 2007
Scientific computing with MATLAB and Octave
by Alfio Quarteroni, Fausto Saleri / 2006
Adaptive filtering primer with MATLAB
by Alexander D. Poularikas, Zayed M. Ramadan / 2006
MATLAB : an introduction with applications
by Amos Gilat / 2005
Numerical methods for chemical engineers with MATLAB applications
by Alkis Constatinides, Navid Mostoufi / 1999
Introduction to random signals and applied Kalman filtering : with MATLAB exercises and solutions
by Robert Grover Brown, Patrick Y.C. Hwang / 1997
Generalized collocation methods : solutions to nonlinear problems
by Nicola Bellomo / 2008
Nonparametric statistics with applications to science and engineering
by Paul H. Kvam, Brani Vidakovic / 2007
A guide to MATLAB object-oriented programming
by Andy H. Register / 2007
Numerical analysis using MATLAB and Excel
Steven T. Karris / 3rd ed. 2007